Kline welcomes gainful-employment test rejection

“As these tough economic times continue, Americans are looking to proprietary colleges and vocational programs for the education and skills necessary to gain a competitive edge in a tight job market. The red tape and bureaucracy associated with the so-called ‘gainful employment’ regulation would have severely limited students’ academic options and made it impossible for many schools to respond quickly to local workforce needs without pre-approval from the Secretary of Education. The court’s decision to strike the most burdensome portions of the ‘gainful employment’ regulation is a welcome development in the fight to remove unnecessary federal rules that restrict choice and opportunities in higher education.”

— Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota in a public statement regarding a federal judge’s rejection of one of the three Gainful Employment tests — that 35 percent or more of a program’s graduates be repaying their loans.

kline-official-photoKline is chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He made the joint statement with Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

Read the New York Times story on the judge’s ruling here.